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  • Behind Ubuntu's shift into mobile
  • KDE 4.8 in Cauldron
  • Dude! Where’s My Data?
  • First Impression on KDE 4.8.0
  • MEPIS 11.5...
  • GNOME 3.3.4 Development Release Is Here
  • Going Over The Good & Bad For UEFI On Linux
  • MythTV Sees First Update In Nearly One Year
  • Status Update: KDE Partition Manager
  • 'Lttle Dew', Cute Zelda Like Coming Soon to Linux
  • Google Wants YOU!
  • Btrfs To Go Production-Ready In Oracle Linux
  • Fallout Meets Minecraft In New Linux RPG: 3079
  • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
  • HP webOS to be fully open-source by September
  • Extremadura moves 40,000 computers to Debian
  • Avoiding The Vendor Perl Fad Diet
  • Red Hat juices speed freak MRG Linux
  • SyncWall – Wallpaper Changer
  • 4Linux, Erlang Solutions and Linux Professional Institute Join The Linux Foundation
  • Hack, Slash, Loot - A New Roguelike/Dungeon Crawler
  • Reverse-Engineered NVIDIA Driver Works On Re-Clocking
  • SOPA and PIPA: What Bills Like These Mean to Open Source Software
  • FLOSS Weekly 199

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HowTos
  • The Importance Of Anonymity On The Web
  • FLOSS Body of Knowledge
  • Manage Tasks with nag
  • Thoughts on Progress
  • systemd for Administrators, Part XII
  • running openSUSE on ARM
  • Install A Perl Module In Linux Without Root Permission
  • Red Hat Particularly Vulnerable To European Slowdown
  • Meet Debian at FOSDEM 2012
  • Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum. (Solved)
  • Finding what binaries to restart
  • Beginning Linux - Part III
  • CentOS upgrade from 6.1 to 6.2
  • Multitouch is near…
  • IBM and Red Hat Introduce Local Virtualisation Facility in Sydney
  • Can you demand my name to give me a public link?
  • All aboard the Bendy Bus
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2012.01.20

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  • Is Steam Finally Coming to Linux?
  • fuk the kit you will love
  • New LibreOffice Ubuntu versions
  • Poor Mans GoogleEarth
  • Sony Reader and Linux
  • DIY: Quick and easy Samba print server setup
  • Bitwig Studio: A Professional Music Creation Software (DAW) Comes To Linux
  • Postal And Postal 2 For Linux Now Available On Desura
  • Calligra Words style selection combo
  • X.org screensaver bypass found
  • setting up a talking clock easily in Linux

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  • Rhythmbox 2.95 has been released
  • Linux.conf.au 2012: three threats and a balloon
  • DragonFlyBSD: Desktop is not a target
  • Thinkfan for Fedora
  • XAA In X.Org Has Finally Met Its Executioner
  • Novell Kanaka for Mac Enhances Interoperability and Choice
  • KDE Plasma Desktop Activities
  • Adaptive Tickless Linux Kernel Support Status
  • Linux-ready multitouch PC has huge 65-inch screen, quad-core CPU
  • Samsung backpedals on bada/Tizen OS merger
  • Plasma QML documentation
  • George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'
  • Peeking up the skirt of Microsoft's hardy ReFS
  • FLOSS Weekly 198
  • Linux Outlaws 246 - The Shape of Chestnuts to Come

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  • Improving Battery Life in Ubuntu Precise 12.04 LTS, (part 2)
  • Oxygen-gtk3 1.0 is out
  • Introducing Ubuntu Secured Remix 11.10
  • Sourceforge's Featured projects, January 16
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 248
  • Phosphor: a terminal for the Hipster generation
  • New developments in the color management world
  • Photography software for Linux

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  • New Unity Features: Shortcut Hints Overlay & Launcher Switch
  • Bash Lamp Setup
  • happy with Gnumeric: text as "text"
  • happy with Gnumeric: finding the leading apostrophe
  • GRUB 2 Editor
  • Wi-Fi And NBN Lessons From An Open Source Town
  • Feedback & Errata 2 | LAS | s19e10
  • Linux Outlaws 245 - Dirty I/O
  • Trying out initramfs with selinux and grsec
  • How we enable others to write 3rd party plugins with Maliit
  • testing Linux Mint 12
  • Sorry state of dynamic libraries on Linux
  • Peppermint OS Two Review
  • Lubuntu 12.04 News Roundup
  • Aurorae 3: Window Decorations with QtQuick
  • 3 must-have extensions for GNOME 3
  • Why Open Source is Good for German Software Businesses
  • Samsung Sacrifices Bada To Make Linux OS Great
  • New GIMP brushes collection

UK Government u-turns on open standards policy - and look who's behind it?

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When the coalition UK government was formed following the last general election there was some guarded optimism among those who support open standards (many of whom also support the ideals of free software).

some odds & ends:

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HowTos
  • HOWTO: Bodhi Linux on Genesi Smartbook
  • My BirthDay Wish List
  • Running a File System Check
  • Becoming an Ubuntu Contributing Developer
  • Linux SSD partition alignment tips
  • Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report
  • Beginning Linux - Part II
  • How to enable desktop slideshow on Linux Mint 12 KDE
  • Big rise in registrations for Drupal Downunder
  • Preventing DDOS attack on Quake 3 Servers
  • Listing Files in a RPM package
  • The Linux Foundation Announces 2012 Event and Onsite Linux Training Schedule
  • 11 useful commands for Linux/Unix administrators
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 437

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  • Revamp Linux 12 Review
  • Easily Install Daggerfall, Doom And Many Classic Games On Linux
  • Automotive Advances--Linux-Based and Solar--at CES 2012
  • A Bash Shell Script to Update Firefox Nightly
  • Interview with Brian Alleyne, Sociologist Studying KDE
  • A response to a FOSS skeptic
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Editing Text Files With Vi
  • 5daysprofitable: A corporate web site, start to finish, in 4 hours
  • Instant search Big Switch open-sources Floodlight, an OpenFlow controller
  • Formatting the output from tail
  • alternative-To
  • digital picture frame runs Linux better than you might think
  • FLOSS Weekly 197

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  • Checking Out The Ubuntu TV Prototype
  • Windows to Mac to Windows to Mac to... Linux?
  • Eight Reasons You Can Enjoy Mesa 8.0
  • Western Digital MyBook Live
  • KDE Plasma Desktop Wallpapers
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 247
  • How to use laptop function keys in Archbang
  • Fuduntu 2012.1 Features Linux Kernel 3.1.6
  • On disaster reports
  • Scribus 1.4.0 Released With 2000 New Features
  • Qt 4 moved to open governance
  • Drupal conference keynote to focus on accessibility
  • Spice up your desktop with these 5 cool GTK themes
  • Happy New Mageia Year!
  • Great Features of KDE Workspaces and Applications - Interlude
  • New Linux Desktop goodies: Razor-Qt and Cinnamon
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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • Budgie-Remix Makes Progress With Ubuntu 16.10 Base, Beta 2 Released
    Budgie-Remix, the unofficial Ubuntu spin making use of the Budgie Desktop, has released its 16.10 Beta 2 milestone following this week's Yakkety Yak Beta 2 release. Budgie-Remix is re-based to the latest Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety package changes. In addition, a number of the Budgie-0Remix packages have been working their way into Debian proper and thus are available to Ubuntu 16.10 users via the official channels. Now available this way is the budgie-desktop package, Moka icon theme, Faba icon theme, and the Arc theme. The Ubuntu repository has also pulled in the Budgie artwork and wallpaper packages too.
  • Yakkety Yak Final Beta Released
  • Canonical Launches Commercial Support for Kubernetes
    Canonical, the lead commercial vendor behind the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, is getting into the Kubernetes market. Canonical now offers a freely available implementation of Kubernetes as well as commercial-support options. "I have no doubt that Kubernetes will be one of the major container co-ordination systems," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, told ServerWatch.
  • [How To] Build an Ubuntu Controlled Sous-Vide Cooker
    I’ll be honest with you from the off: I had zero idea what sous-vide cooking was before I started writing this post. Wikipedia dutifully informs me that’s Sous-Vide is a style of cooking that involves a vacuum, bags, and steam.
  • Mintbox Mini Pro Linux Mini PC Launches For $395
    This week a new version of the popular Mintbox Mini Linux PC has been launched for $395 in the form of the Mintbox Mini Pro which is now equipped with 120 GB of SSD mSATA together with 64-bit AMD A10-Micro6700T system-on-a-chip with Radeon R6 graphics and features 8GB of DDR3L. The latest Mintbox Mini Pro is shipped preloaded with the awesome Linux Mint 18 operating system and includes a microSD card slot a serial port, and a micro SIM card reader. The new Mintbox Mini Pro is the same size as the original and measures 4.3 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches in size and weighs in at around 255g. The Linux mini PC incorporates a fanless design and features an all-metal case made of aluminium and zinc.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Minijail: Running Untrusted Programs Safely by Jorge Lucangeli Obes, Google
  • Minijail: Google’s Tool To Safely Run Untrusted Programs
    Google’s Minijail sandboxing tool could be used by developers and sysadmins to run untrusted programs safely for debugging and security checks, according to Google Software Engineer Jorge Lucangeli Obes, who spoke last month at the Linux Security Summit. Obes is the platform security lead for Brillo, Google's Android-based operating system for Internet-connected devices. Minijail was designed for sandboxing on Chrome OS and Android, to handle “anything that the Linux kernels grew.” Obes shared that Google teams use it on the server side, for build farms, for fuzzing, and pretty much everywhere. Since “essentially one bug separates you and any random attacker,” Google wanted to create a reliable means to swiftly identify problems with privileges and exploits in app development and easily enable developers to “do the right thing.” The tool is designed to assist admins who struggle with deciding what permissions their software actually needs, and developers who are vexed with trying to second guess which environment the software is going to run in. In both cases, sandboxing and privilege dropping tends to be a hit or miss affair. Even when developers use the privilege dropping mechanisms provided by the Linux kernel, sometimes things go awry due to numerous pitfalls along that path. One common example Obes cited was trying to ride a switch user function that will drop-root and then forgetting to check the result of the situation relief, or setuid function, afterwards.
  • Intel and Cloudera Give Apache an Open Source Data/Security Tool
    For the past year, we've taken note of the many Big Data projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support. Recently, the foundation announced that Apache Kudu has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). Kudu is an open source columnar storage engine built for the Apache Hadoop ecosystem designed to enable flexible, high-performance analytic pipelines. And, Apache Twill has graduated as well. Twill is an abstraction over Apache Hadoop YARN that reduces the complexity of developing distributed Hadoop applications, allowing developers to focus more on their application logic. In another Apache-related Big Data move, Cloudera and Intel have announced that they've contributed a new open-source project to the Apache Software Foundation targeted at using Big Data analytics and machine learning for cybersecurity.
  • Twitter Open Sources Stream Processing Engine Heron
    Twitter announced the open sourcing of Heron, a stream-processing engine that is a successor to Apache Storm. Heron is backwards compatible with Apache Storm, which eases its adoption amongst developers. Heron has replaced Apache Storm as the stream data processing engine inside Twitter due to its scalability, debug-ability, ability to work in a shared cluster infrastructure and better performance. A comprehensive list of features is listed in the documentation.
  • Tencent: Transforming Networks with SDN
    “SDN can really transform the way we do networks,” said Tom Bie, VP of Technology & Operation of Data Center, Networking and Server, Tencent, during his Wednesday keynote address at the Open Daylight Summit. The China telecom giant should know about the issues of massive scale networks: they have more than 200 million users for QQ instant messaging, 300 million users of their payment service, and more than 800 million users of their VChat service. Bie noted that Tencent also operates one of the largest gaming networks in the world, along with video services, audio services, online literature services, news portals, and a range other digital content services.
  • The Second Wave of Platforms, an Interview with Cloud Foundry’s Sam Ramji
    In today’s world of platforms, services are increasingly connected. In the past, PaaS offerings were pretty much isolated. It’s that new connected infrastructure that is driving the growth of Cloud Foundry, the open source, service-oriented platform technology. Sam Ramji is CEO of Cloud Foundry, which is holding its European event in Frankfurt this week. At the conference, we spoke with Ramji to discuss, among other topics:
  • How to Find Your First OpenStack Job
  • LibreOffice 5.2.2 Now Available to Download
  • EC approves Slovenia courts data exchange solution
    First CEF AS4-compliant b2b solution developed as open source by a public administration The European Commission has tested and approved Laurentius, an eDelivery court documents and case exchange solution compliant with the AS4 profile of the OASIS ebMS standard. In September, Laurentius passed all tests by the EC’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for its so-called “e-SENS AS4 conformant solutions”.
  • SDL 2.0.5 Is Readying For Release: Relative Mouse Mode For Wayland/Mir, Audio Capture
    SDL 2.0 point releases have ranged from being a few months apart to as much as two years apart. Fortunately, SDL 2.0.5 is now being put together for release just nine months after SDL 2.0.4. With the Mercurial repository, Sam Lantinga bumped the version in preparation for the SDL 2.0.5 release. The SDL 2.0.5 release hasn't officially happened yet, but it should be here soon.
  • Open standards default at Slovenia supreme court
    The use of open ICT standards is an IT requirement at Slovenia’s Supreme Court, responsible for the IT support of the entire court system in the country. The Supreme Court’s IT department has a strong preference for the development of modular, reusable software solutions. This strategy provides agility and flexibility, says Bojan Muršec, director of IT. The focus on open standards frees up the IT department to concentrate on the business, Muršec says. The IT department takes the modular approach serious: the first reusable module ever developed by the court - a court documents dispatch and delivery system - is re-used by all IT systems across the courts. “Making everything reusable prevents creation of silos in the organisation”, the IT director says. A positive side effect of the IT strategy is that the court uses mostly open source software solutions. This in turn helps to keep IT costs down, says the IT director, who estimates that the court saves EUR 400 to 500 thousand per year on licence fees: “The cost of proprietary licences always goes up.”
  • Why there is no CSS4 - explaining CSS Levels
    We had CSS1, and CSS2. We even had CSS2.1 and we then moved onto CSS3 – or did we? This post is a quick explanation of how CSS is versioned today. CSS versions 1 and 2 were monolithic specifications. All of CSS was included in one massive document. Selectors, positioning, colour – it was all in there. The problem with monolithic specifications is that in order to finish the spec, every component part also has to be finished. As CSS has grown in complexity, and new features are added, it doesn’t make sense to draw a line at which all work is stopped on all parts of CSS in order to declare that CSS version finished. Therefore, after CSS2.1 all the things that had been part of the 2.1 specification were broken down into modules. As the new CSS modules included all that had gone before plus any new features, they all came into being at Level 3. Hence CSS3, and people like me who understood CSS as a single specification referred to the group of Level 3 modules as “CSS3”.

Security Leftovers

  • Linux.Mirai Trojan causing mayhem with DDoS attacks
    A Trojan named Linux.Mirai has been found to be carrying out DDoS attacks. The malicious program first appeared in May 2016, detected by Doctor Web after being added to its virus database under the name Linux.DDoS.87. The Trojan can work with with the SPARC, ARM, MIPS, SH-4, M68K architectures and Intel x86 computers.
  • Don't Hide DRM in a Security Update
    Over 10,000 of you have joined EFF in calling on HP to make amends for its self-destructing printers in the past few days. Looks like we got the company’s attention: today, HP posted a response on its blog. Apparently recognizing that its customers are more likely to see an update that limits interoperability as a bug than as a feature, HP says that it will issue an optional firmware update rolling back the changes that it had made. We’re very glad to see HP making this step. But a number of questions remain. First, we’d like to know what HP’s plans are for informing users about the optional firmware update. Right now, the vast majority of people who use the affected printers likely do not know why their printers lost functionality, nor do they know that it’s possible to restore it. All of those customers should be able to use their printers free of artificial restrictions, not just the relatively few who have been closely following this story.
  • 6 Ways Driverless Cars Are Going To Kill Lots Of People
    You've probably read a few articles about driverless cars over the past couple of years. The technology is coming along quickly, with fleets of test cars already on the roads in some states. It seems like soon we'll achieve the American dream of stuffing our faces and texting all we want while still managing to avoid public transportation. But the reality is quite different. We're diving into this technology a little too quickly and ignoring all the warning signs about how we are going to screw up on the way to Driverless Car Utopia.

Red Hat and Fedora

  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold”
  • Earnings Estimate Report: Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) , Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)
  • Switched to HTTPS
    Perhaps you already noticed it, I have switched all the sites for a secured browsing using HTTPS. So, new addresses are: https://blog.remirepo.net/ for this Blog (with an automatic and permanent redirection) https://forum.remirepo.net/ for the Forum (with an automatic and permanent redirection) https://rpms.remirepo.net/ for the Repository, but classical address stay available.
  • Fedora Hubs: Getting started
    Fedora Hubs provides a consistent contributor experience across all Fedora teams and will serve as an “intranet” page for the Fedora Project. There are many different projects in Fedora with different processes and workflows. Hubs will serve as a single place for contributors to learn about and contribute to them in a standardized format. Hubs will also be a social network for Fedora contributors. It is designed as one place to go to keep up with everything and everybody across the project in ways that aren’t currently possible.